Topic: Tips and Tricks

Simple Self-Care Tips for 2021

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Last year was a test for mental health for sure! It taught us the value of regular self-care for our mental health. According to a survey by the Samueli Integrative Health Program, “80% of participants intended to be more mindful about regular self-care practices after the pandemic”. But sadly 46% of them reported struggling to find ways to maintain their physical, mental and spiritual health. If you find yourself struggling to maintain a healthy routine, you can fall back on some of these simple self-care tips…

Unplugging From Devices

Modern technology offers us many wonderful conveniences day-to-day, but not a lot of help with down time. For most, just some extended peace and quiet for simple pleasures, like reading a book or taking a nap, is enough to reset. But none of those things can really be enjoyed with your phone, watch or computer continually buzzing you. So try putting some distance between you and your devices. Turn things off or even take your you time outside. Either way, a break from each other lets you both recharge.

Upgrading Your Home Spa

Face masks and bubble baths are an oldie but goodie! However, they may be getting old after many months at home recently. So why not revamp your homemade spa experiences with more pampering? Try utilizing a diffuser to take in the combination of steam and your favorite essential oil while your bath water runs. For men, this would be a great time to give yourself a straight razor shave. And don’t skimp on the simple little things after your bath. Take some time to moisturize well from head to toe with your favorite body lotion (sunless tan anyone?). Then, wind down in bed wearing your softest comfy clothes—maybe even squeeze in a manicure!

Moving Your Body

Outside of physical benefits, many simple activities also reinforce mental health and can easily be achieved, especially with apartment living amenities. Whether it’s a run through the neighborhood,  play-date with your pup, living room pilates or a simple closet clean-out, anything that involves movement helps your body produce endorphins. These feel-good neurotransmitters of the brain have been linked to easing symptoms of depression, relieving anxiety, and even sharpening memory. A little movement goes a long way!

Building A New Skill

Want to learn another language or how to watercolor? In these times, we can learn almost anything for free and from home, thanks to modern apps and online resources. Experiment with poetry or journaling—a nice way to express yourself and exercise your mind. If you’re more into information than arts, you could finally subscribe to that podcast you’ve been eyeing. Just remember to stay engaged and avoid any multitasking.

Connecting With People

We always say “we need to talk more”. Well, self-care is your way make this happen! When you are distant from your tribe, you miss these relationships more than you realize. It’s because humans are inherently social and we need to stay connected. It’s simply good for the soul. Make “just because” calls with friends and family for some good lols, catch up and personal feel-good moments. If you’re tired of your electronics and you live in an apartment community, you literally have company right next door. Invest in your neighbors and you’ll never go without self-care for long!

Enjoy the simple pleasures at Portofino!
We believe self-care is essential to a healthy lifestyle and a happy home. The tight-knit neighborhood, modern apartment homes, and resort-style amenities at Portofino make it easy to build self-care into your daily life.

NOW LEASING FOR SUMMER! Start living all life’s simple pleasures and join the neighborhood today!

Ways to Tell It’s Time for a Two Bedroom Apartment

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We always say if “it feels like home from the first visit” it’s probably the one but we know sometimes it’s just not that easy. If you’re weighing the options for a two bedroom apartment upgrade, we know you are already considering expenses. But are you also factoring in happiness? Are you deciding for what better serves the simple pleasures in your life? Happiness is just as valuable as money. If you can relate to any of these scenarios, it’s likely time to move on to a two bedroom apartment home.

Your Family is Growing

When kids are in the picture, life happens quickly. Before you know it, you and your significant other are expecting and it’s time to start rethinking your living arrangements for the little one. Or perhaps life happens at the other end of the spectrum and you need to plan on moving in a relative. If your family grows, your footprint grows with it and a two bedroom could be a comfortable next step to accommodate everyone.

You’re Working from Home

Working from home is the new norm. If working from home will be a long-term or permanent situation for you, a two bedroom apartment offers some nice perks! A spare bedroom turned home office offers you a dedicated space for focus. It’s the ideal environment for improving your routines, organization, and therefore productivity. Plus, a separate work space establishes a firmer line (or wall) between your work and home life. Simply shut your door to shut it off for the day. 

You’re Low on Storage

If your closets are bursting at the seams, that’s a pretty good sign you need to upgrade for more space. A larger apartment home generally comes with more storage but a full second bedroom offers a myriad of ways to store things, even if it’s used as a traditional guest room. Some good furniture and storage containers in the extra closet or under then bed can go a long way for tidiness. And if you consider yourself to be “extra”, there’s nothing more fitting than turning your bedroom into an oversized, walk-in closet. Yep, move into a two bedroom and you could have THAT closet. 

Your “Me Time” is Missing

Everyone needs some alone time, right? It’s definitely time to move on if your current home is not conducive to some occasional personal time. If you don’t need the room for a growing family or regular guests, a second bedroom can double as anything you want. It’s a great host for hobbies and home workouts. Invest in some craft shelving for your indoor “she shed” or bring in a lazy boy and big screen for the ultimate “man cave”. 

You’re Needing to Cut Costs

If you’re treading through some hard times or just looking to save more money, a two bedroom roommate living situation provides some helpful solutions. Inviting a friend or family member to share a lease with you allows you both to cut costs, gives you some company, and likely affords you both a nicer apartment home. By splitting expenses, you and your roommate can enjoy more of the simple pleasures of apartment living, like extra money in your pockets and better amenities to enjoy.

 

Live the Simple Pleasures of Portofino…
It’s not just the extra space you gain when you move into a two bedroom apartment home at Portofino in Lubbock, Texas. You gain a modern, cozy floor plan, a charming kitchen with stainless-steel appliances, rich custom finishes, resort-style amenities and of course, friendly neighbors. 

NOW LEASING TWO BEDROOM APARTMENTS. Start living all life’s simple pleasures and join the neighborhood today!

Tips & Tricks to Prep Your Kitchen for the Holidays

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The holidays are just around the corner and that means your kitchen will soon be working overtime! Fortunately, a little pre-cleaning now can go a long way for later. With these simple tidying tips and tricks, you can give your kitchen a full refresh before the holiday hustle begins.

Organize the Pantry

If you’re constantly playing hide-n-seek with items in your pantry or buying them multiple times unknowingly, it’s time to organize! This four-step guide by Elva Fonseca is everything you need. With Elva’s guidance, you’ll finally find that can of cranberry sauce you knew you had AND an easy way to hassle-free holidays. Luckily the floorplans at Portofino have spacious, walk-in pantries that make the reorganizing process that much simpler! 

Organize the Spice Rack

For most people, the holidays mean lots of cooking, and lots of cooking means your spice cabinet will get a workout! But when your seasonings are fully stocked, clearly distinguishable and neatly organized, your holiday menu stays manageable and merry. Avoid spilling the salt or anything else in your spice cabinet this season and check out these 10 smart ways to store your spices by Brittney Morgan. 

Organize the Pots & Pans

As a kitchen essential, we need them but pots and pans are always causing problems in the kitchen. They are bulky to store, trouble to pull out, and make the whole room look cluttered unless you give them a little more attention. Check out this guide by Rebecca at Mother’s Little Helpers to get them in check with 7 ways to organize pots and pans in your kitchen cabinets

Clean the Clutter

Those granite countertops aren’t just easy to clean, they’re easy on the eye, too! Show them off by clearing away everything that’s piled up in your kitchen, especially before the holidays add to it. Clear counter space is trending in home decor right now and we’re all for it, for good reasons—style and functionality. Stay on-trend and clear off your countertops with these helpful decluttering tips from Jenn Lifford.

Clean the Kitchen Sink

Cleaning the sink might not sound revolutionary, but if you’ve deep cleaned your sink before you know it’s power. Day-to-day cooking causes build up on your sink surface so it will only get worse when you’re cooking full holiday spreads. For the cleanest sink you’ve ever seen, check out this guide by Elizabeth Voyles and limit those future headaches. Also super helpful is this list of 15 things you shouldn’t put down the garbage disposal by Dan Stout, to keep the magic of your garbage disposal alive during the season it’s needed most. 

Enjoy the Simple Pleasures of Portofino!

Use these simple tips to refresh your kitchen now, before your guests arrive, and your holiday feels will last long after they leave. Portofino is a great place to host fun, friends, and family! Enjoy a charming corridor kitchen with stainless-steel appliances, plenty of counter space, an oversized pantry, and more at Portofino Apartments in Lubbock, Texas.

Join the neighborhood today to start living life’s simple pleasures! Now pre-leasing for fall.

Positive Perspectives on Living Alone, The One Bedroom Way

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No matter where you are in your pursuit of happiness, living arrangements can directly affect your success. If you are a student or young professional, there may be a time when living solo is beneficial for you and a one bedroom apartment simply fits the bill. While it is true living alone is not for everyone, there are many positive aspects to consider, which might explain why one-person households are on the rise. We’re calling it the “One Bedroom Way”, where easy living lets you focus on your goals and takes you to great places literally, financially and mentally. If you’re thinking about a move to “just you”, consider these points on the decision…

Privacy is Pivotal

Many rewarding social experiences can come from living with roommates but if it’s time to get serious about your life goals, it may be time to pivot for privacy. Living alone is sometimes thought to be for loners or anti-socials but it’s important to remember loneliness and solitude are two very different things. A little privacy can go a long way for focus. And many lone dwellers are still very active and social, it just takes self awareness and balance.

In your own apartment, it’s a lot easier to enforce personal limits and form better habits. According to the Psychology of Habits at theworldcounts.org, “40% percent of your actions are not conscious decisions but habits. So habits are a big part of your life.” You can socialize and host gatherings, but it all ends on your terms. The lights go out according to your schedule, not your guests’, and you can reset for your next day of grinding. After a hard days work, there’s nothing more refreshing than coming home to your own things, groceries and routines exactly where you left them.

Quiet Time is Crucial

Speaking of resetting, peace and quiet can go a long way. With more privacy at home, you can control your time and surroundings enough to designate more down time. Both privacy and quiet time can promote less stress, better work-life balance, and clearer decision making. If you are a student or young professional, you often need silence or a specific atmosphere to focus—doable when you live alone.

One of the most important benefits to living solo is it allows for more self-care. Relaxing and “turning off” for periods of time is necessary for good mental and physical health, and therefore productivity. According to a 2015 article, co-founder and CEO of Milanote Ollie Campbell was able to boost company productivity by 23% just by introducing periods of quietness into the work schedule. That “you” time is a powerful thing and sometimes it’s not easily accesible in multi-person living quarters.

Positivity is Paramount

The best part of any move is making it “home”. When you live solo, you can customize your apartment to reflect your personal style (release your inner designer) and create your own happy place. Curating your space to best fit your lifestyle allows for a better flow of activity and energy throughout your home which increases efficiency. Not to mention, when you get ready for a significant other, the stage is already set!

A one bedroom apartment is also often cheaper than roommate living. At places like Portofino, you don’t have extra expenses for fitness memberships or pool facilities either. Therefore, you’re afforded more funds for your favorite things and future aspirations. You are able to save for next steps in life or set back cushion for hard times. Living alone can be great for utility and very fulfilling. Your new apartment will bring excitement, a sense of renewal and fresh energy to your life. And when you feel good, you do good, right? This is definitely something thrive on.

 

Join the Neighborhood… Even if you live in a one bedroom apartment, you are never truly alone at Portofino in Lubbock, Texas. The neighborhood feel and community amenities are always good company. NOW LEASING for the one bedroom, one bath Cobblestone floor plan—ideal for a single or couples lifestyle.

To start living all the simple pleasures of Portofino, schedule a tour or contact us today!

 

Fun Ideas to Fill Your Home with Fall Feels

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It’s almost fall, y’all! Time to get excited for pumpkin spice and everything nice… in your mug AND in your home. If you’re looking for some refreshing new ways to fill your apartment with all the fall feels this season, check out some of our favorites idea below.

Dress Up Your Door

A beautiful display of rich color and texture in a wreath is one of the simplest ways to give your guests a warm welcome. Try to find florals that complement the color of your door to maximize its impact. If you live at Portofino, burnt orange, sienna and saffron hues will pop off our warm grey exteriors. And whether you decide to buy or diy your wreath, try weaving in some fabrics or elements from your home into the wreath, like one of your favorite scarves or some bold artificial stems. This is sure to make your wreath unique and more personal to your style, in turn making it feel more like home.

Go Natural 

One of the best ways to invoke the spirit of fall is to bring the outside in. Make your arrangements unique by pairing traditional fall florals like mums or marigolds with found elements like pine cones, dried vines or pompous grass stems (yes, they are making a comeback). Fresh golden eucalyptus, gourds or even synthetic branches are easy finds that don’t take much effort to look good. Even autumn foods and ingredients like apples, cinnamon sticks, and rosemary in a wooden vase would make for a beautiful, festive table display.

Seek Seasonal Scents

Smell is one of the most delightful aspects of fall. Simply put, if your home doesn’t smell like a Thanksgiving pie is cooking, you’re doing fall decorating all wrong. Wink, wink. Smell is 9/10ths of the experience so it’s best to punch it up this time of year. Plug in a flameless candle or diffuser with your favorite scent to sink deeper into the season. Or good ole’ fashioned fall potpourri will do the trick, just pour it into your favorite West Elm inspired concrete vase or rattan basket for a modern vibe.

Pump Up Your Pumpkin Game

Pumpkins of all shapes, colors and sizes are an autumn must-have. Velvet, fabric or wooden selections are always adorable and give you the most bang for the buck. But if you’re a more traditional fall fanatic, you likely want fresh pumpkins. We’re loving the blue and green shades this year! Stacking pumpkins is a simple yet trendy way to display them. Or for some family fun and a graphic twist, carve your pumpkins with homely sayings, geometric patterns or other styles to match your home’s aesthetic. Life Hack: To lengthen the lives of your fresh fall pumpkins, soak them in a bucket of water and ⅔ cups of bleach. Your front porch will thank us later!

 

Fall for Portofino Apartments… We admire the warmth of the autumn season, but the family friendly lifestyle of Portofino in Lubbock, Texas keeps things this warm and comfy all year long. Our apartment community is comprised of multiple estate-sized family residences for a true neighborhood feel. You’ll fall in love with the simple pleasures of Portofino. 

NOW LEASING cozy one bedroom, one bath Cobblestone floor plans! Take a look around our website or schedule a tour of the community to learn more. 

 

New To The Neighborhood – 4 Tips For Making New Friends

Moving to a new area as an adult doesn’t have to be a frightening experience. It’s perfectly okay not knowing anyone because everyone must start somewhere, right? Once you’ve moved all your stuff into your apartment and gotten all settled in, it’s time to try to find that new social niche.  

Putting Yourself Out There

Most everyone is comfortable sitting on their couch watching Hulu or Netflix, but in this case, it’s a no-no. This step requires you to get out of that comfort zone and go outside to the familiar and well-known places around town. This way, you will be able to start meeting people and forming connections. You must find the right balance between “you time” and social time; too much “you” time can get lonely, and too much social time can get stressful.

Getting Involved

Getting involved is easy; what are some of your hobbies? Once you narrow it down, you will be able to find activities that match up with your interests. Find a good gym around town, volunteer at a charity you like, join a sports league. Getting involved is an excellent way to quickly be a part of a community, especially if you just moved there.  

Find Local Events  

It seems as if every weekend in West Texas has something that it can offer you. Whether that’s a local band that is playing or the First Friday Art Trail, there is something that would be able to pique your interest. Going to things that interest you will help you find your niche because you will be around like-minded individuals.  

Using Your Resources

Technology can be useful in trying to get more involved in your area while making friends. There are plenty of apps now that can help you either find a date for a Friday night or find out where people your age hang out on the weekends or after work. You can use Facebook once you have a couple of people in your corner to branch out even further.  

There are a ton of people out there that are waiting to meet you. So pause the new Netflix series you started and get out there!

Home Habits Proven to Make You Happier

Our homes define who we are and where we are going. The roof above your head shapes your mood, productivity, and influences for what is to come. Over the past several years, studies have shown that the small day to day habits we make will impact our happiness.  

Are you ready to start living a happy life? Read these simple home habits that are proven to make you feel happier and live happier.  

Make Your Bed Every Morning

As a little kid, do you remember when your mom or dad insisted you couldn’t go anywhere until your bed was made? After hearing this, you probably came up with a hundred reasons to why you thought this was such a pointless task. We are here to tell you otherwise.  

This five-minute task is one of the simplest habits you can adapt to make a positive impact on your life. By making your bed every morning, you will gain a sense of accomplishment, increased productivity, and reduced stress.  

Complete Simple Favors

Whether you live with your best friend, spouse, or just a random roommate, make it a habit of doing simple favors for them. The ability to cultivate a strong and supportive relationship will add happiness to your life. When you do good, you feel good.  

Doing simple favors such as taking out the trash, cleaning the dishes, or writing a sincere note to your roommate, goes a long way. Plus, when your living mate is happy, you will be happy.  

Find a Place for Everything

It is been proven that if your home is a mess, this will cause stress. Make it a priority to keep your home organized and find a place in your home to store your items. This mood-boosting habit is easy and quick to do.  

Depending on your daily routine, pick a time, morning or evening, to clean each room and put everything back in its place. There is no greater feeling than coming home to a clean house.

Call Your Loved Ones

No matter what, always set aside time out of your day or week to call your loved ones. It is proven that human interaction is beneficial to our happiness. Talking to people you care about can have a significant impact on your life.  

Happiness comes from within us. In addition, maintaining close relationships with our loved ones is critical. Human interaction will boost your mood temporarily but keeping it up will increase your happiness for years to come.

Study Tips for College Students

Creating good study habits in college can be a challenge, but we are here to help give you study tips that make your life easier and keep your grades up.

As a college student, you are expected to make school your number one priority. Tests will get harder and make up a more substantial portion of your overall grade in each class, so it is important to set more time aside to study.

If you want to be more successful and not overwhelmed with your workload, keep reading to find what study tips you can do.

Set A Study Schedule

The first and foremost study tip we recommend is making a schedule and sticking to it. Maintaining proper time management skills is key to your success in college. There can be many distractions with your social life, but you must stay grounded and be strict with yourself.

As overwhelming as you may think your schedule is, there is time to study. After you receive your class schedule, set specific times between or after classes for studying.  

Find Your Study Environment

The campus library is the most common study environment for college students, but it may not be the same for you. Find a quiet place you can concentrate at with few distractions. This will allow your brain to know you are there with a purpose and get your work done.

Studies have shown that using noise-canceling headphones can help significantly. If you are someone that enjoys listening to music while studying, find a coffee shop or cafe.

Utilize Campus Tutoring

Almost every campus should offer campus tutoring or study groups. These tools are there to help you succeed and achieve your goals. You can find more information on the campus website or by asking your academic advisor.

If you feel you are getting behind in a class and are struggling with grasping some of the class material, find a tutor who can assist you.

Finding friends in your classes can also help your studying. You can make study groups, study outlines, and help each other through hard times.

Take Breaks

This tip is essential to your mental health. Studies show that our brain is most productive in the first hour of studying. You must remember to study in bursts and don’t cram. When you cram your studying, you are over exerting your brain and just making yourself more fatigue.

If you plan to study for two hours every day, take at least a 30-minute break in-between each hour. You can go outside and get some fresh air, eat a snack, take your dog for a walk, etc.

Sleep

You may not realize this, but your sleep affects everything you do. Developing good sleeping habits will make you sharper and will decrease your stress levels.

If you are not getting the proper amount of sleep each night, then your brain will become more fatigued, and you will no longer be able to retain information. It is expected to feel overwhelmed in college, but when you get rest, you will see your stress levels go down.

If you need help finding the right apartment to start your day, to study in, or provide a get away from school explore our website or give us a call (806) 793-3434.